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Saturday, May 11, 2013 (All times Eastern)

Colorado (3-4-3) at Columbus (3-3-3), 7:30 p.m.

Columbus, OH (Sports Network) - The Columbus Crew will aim to start a new home unbeaten streak on Saturday when the club welcomes the Colorado Rapids to Crew Stadium.

Columbus saw its 12-game undefeated streak at home come to an end last weekend when it fell to Red Bull New York in a 1-0 loss.

The Crew had a tremendous opportunity to grab the opening goal in the match when Brandon Barklage brought down Eddie Gaven in the box to hand the home side a penalty kick, but Federico Higuain's ensuing attempt from the spot was denied by Luis Robles.

Columbus was left to rue that miss when Tim Cahill popped up 10 minutes from time with the game's only goal.

"I think we were superior during the 90 minutes and all the chances we had, whether in (the run of) play, or the PK or free kicks, we weren't able to turn them into goals," said Higuain. "(I'm) just sad. I had the opportunity to convert that into a goal and I just couldn't this time. Very sad after the situation that could have given the Crew a win but after that, all that's left is to keep working and to try to keep improving."

The Crew have proven to be dangerous on set pieces this season, entering the weekend tied with FC Dallas for the league lead with five goals from dead-ball situations. They were denied by New York's organized defense last weekend, but will Colorado be quite as prosperous?

The Rapids come into the match on the back of a 1-0 victory over Toronto FC at Dick's Sporting Goods Park last Saturday.

Edson Buddle picked up the lone goal of the match, striking in the 86th minute to open his scoring account with the club he joined during the off-season.

All three of Colorado's victories this season have come by 1-0 scores. The club's offensive output has left a lot to be desired as the Rapids have managed more than one goal just once through their first 10 games of the new season.

"It's going to come. I think we know that," Buddle said. "The good thing is that we are getting chances. It would be a bad thing if we weren't getting any chances. We have good players that find themselves in dangerous positions, and we'll put those chances away."

Both Colorado and Columbus have managed 12 points so far, though the Rapids have played one more match than the Crew.

05/10 15:44:13 ET

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Final
CAR 17
CLE 13
2nd
NYR 1
CAR 0
 
Final
TOR 118
NYK 108
Final
CLE 105
MEM 91
Final
MIA 100
BOS 84
 
4th
BRK 108
DET 105
 
4th
SAC 101
LAL 93
 
4th
ORL 85
PHI 96
 
Final
WAS 92
PHO 104
 
3rd
MIN 49
IND 61
 
3rd
OKC 59
NOP 63
 
Final
UVA 76
HARV 27
Final
BGU 68
FERST 82
 
Final
ARMY 72
MAINE 69
 
Final
QUIN 60
ORST 52
Final
CLST 69
USF 65
 
Final
CARK 55
CCAR 72
 
Final
UWGB 66
ARKLR 46
 
Final
RAD 74
CORN 61
 
Final
UNT 62
CREI 58
Final
CAN 67
HC 48
 
Final
USB 67
GHND 52
 
Final
OKST 64
MD 73
Final
WINT 100
REIN 72
 
Final
UGST 68
SMISS 55
Final
NEOM 77
TXPA 72
 
Final
STLU 58
VERM 55
 
Final
UNCA 62
WCU 66
 
Final
EVAN 81
ALAST 63
 
Final
HART 82
FIU 69
 
Final
VALPO 82
GOSHEN 55
 
Final
LIP 69
PEAY 63
 
Final
DEN 46
BRY 48
 
Final
MONT 62
SD 67
 
Final
MTST 65
TENST 47
Final
SAMF 64
LAMON 50
 
Final
SCAR 78
COKR 52
 
Final
HAMP 75
NARZ 66
 
Final
SDU 71
SDCHR 61
 
Final
BC 71
USC 75
 
Final
NICST 64
TROY 65
 
Final
BRAD 47
UCI 55
 
Final
UGA 65
SHU 47
 
2nd
ALA 60
APP 59
 
2nd
KSU 46
NDST 44
 
2nd
WASU 57
SJST 35
 
9:00pm Tonight
UTEP
ALCOR
 
10:00pm Tonight
SEAT
SACST
 
3rd
DET 1
COL 0
 
3rd
EDM 5
DAL 5
 
2nd
BOS 1
BUF 1
 
2nd
NYR 1
CAR 0
 
2nd
CHI 2
TOR 0
 
9:00pm Tonight
WIN
PHI
Final
NOS 14
ATL 30
Final
HOU 25
BAL 13
Final
CAR 17
CLE 13
Final
CHI 14
DET 20
Final
TAM 3
GBP 20
Final
PIT 20
KAN 12
Final
MIA 37
MIN 35
Final
NYJ 16
NEP 17
Final
STL 27
NYG 37
Final
OAK 26
BUF 24
Final
DAL 42
IND 7
8:30pm Tonight
ARI
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